Citronella Grass

Cymbopogon nardus

Ceylon Citronella, Giant Turpentine Grass, Nard Grass

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Citronella grasses are used for the production of citronella oil, which in turn is used in the production of soaps, insect repellents (especially mosquitoes) in insect sprays, candles, and in aromatherapy. Citronella grass and lemon grass are closely related, can look and smell very similar, but citronella grass has reddish colored pseudostems, and lemongrass is all green. The oils can be used similarly, though they are not exactly the same.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Grass stalks can be harvested from 4 months after planting, cut the stalks right above the roots, just below the soil level.

Propagation

Division

Divide plants in spring time

Special features

Repels harmful insects

Repels mosquito, whitefly adults and other insects

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers, but may become too large

Special features

Origin

Aisia, Indonesian, tropical regions

Natural climate

Tropical regions

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

It is used to treat lice and other parasites, like intestinal worms. It is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal.

Personality

Family

Poaceae

Flower colour

Brown, Insignificant

Scent

Strong

Problems

Leaf blight and anthracnose

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